A hotel (or B&B) has to be pretty special for me to book a second stay....and Casa San Ruffino is one of those!
Ray and Claire were just as warm and welcoming as we remembered from our last visit but we also received a special welcome from their new addition, Archie the cat (I'm not a cat person but fell for this little charmer!).
Considering it was October, we were very lucky with the weather, so spent most of the first afternoon sunbathing on the loungers by the pool, with a glass or three of prosecco. I wish all hotel mini-bars were as reasonably priced San Ruffino!!
No matter how many pictures we took of the surrounding countryside we just couldn't capture the stunning landscapes, you just have to see it with your own eyes.
We asked Ray & Claire for some local restaurant recommendations and they were more than happy to suggest a few options - we opted for Osteria dell'Arco in Magliano di Tenna and were very pleased we did.
The owner was great and the food delicious - especially my fillet steak which I watched being cooked on the wood fire not far from our table. The chocolate fondant was heavenly and washed down with a very nice chilled red desert wine, as recommended by the owner.
The next night we tried Osteria dei Fiori - very authentic/rustic Italian dishes and we couldn't believe how reasonable the bill was when it arrived. Restaurants such as these are a good reason to come to Le Marche before too many tourists realise what a beautiful region it is and how cheap the food & wine is!
On our last morning our hosts made it clear that we could have breakfast at a time that suited us, so we had a nice lay in and enjoyed looking out over the rolling hills from the comfort of our bed.
All the rooms have the same incredible view so I can't say I'd recommend one other another.
We (reluctantly!) left feeling relaxed and recharged, ready to face the craziness of London once more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa San Ruffino offers 4 large stylish and comfortable rooms on a bed & breakfast basis. All rooms have air-conditioning and are en-suite including a walk-in shower. Guests can enjoy a private outside seating area with stunning views of the Marche countryside and the Sibillini mountain range in the far distance. Casa San Ruffino is not a hotel but a gorgeous little retreat where you can escape to and which represents excellent value for money without compromising on style. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa San Ruffino Montegiorgio, Italy - Marche